The OLIVE Film Collection

OLIVE stands for the Online Library of Interactive Video and Engagement and is the world’s most diverse collection of short films about mental health issues. The library grows each month through our monthly short film competition, and each year through our Voices With Impact short film production grants.

We share these films as educational resources. As works of art, they can elicit strong responses. Please take care of yourself while watching these films! We’ve created these guides as resources for you when watching the OLIVE films alone, with friends, with your children and/or with your students. These films are intended for personal viewing or facilitation in small groups. If you want to use these in more structured programs, please fill out this form for official use.

Tips and Guidelines for Watching OLIVE Alone or With FriendsGuía y Sugerencias para Ver OLIVE Solo o Con Amigos

Tips and Guidelines for Watching OLIVE With Your Students or ChildrenGuía y Sugerencias para Ver OLIVE Con Sus Estudiantes o Hijos

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Shift
Aug
2022
Shift
During a pandemic, a nurse decides to live in her car to protect her family. The cheesy greeting cards that her son send her begin to take on a special importance. Content heads-up: depiction of isolation, living in car, separation from family...
Beautiful Madness
Jul
2022
Beautiful Madness
Beautiful Madness is a short film that explores Bipolar Disorder and how creativity and inspiration can lead to healing and clarity. Content Heads-Up: discussion of bipolar 1 disorder, descriptions of experiences of mania and depression ...
Dear Nay
Jun
2022
Dear Nay
A love letter to a mother who died of cancer, from her son who followed her footsteps as a teacher. This is a poetic documentary on grief. Content Heads-Up: loss of a parent to cancer, images of a funeral, images of end of life care ...
My Mom
May
2022
My Mom
"This is a personal story about my mom’s schizophrenia. She was from Vietnam." This film, “My Mom” was created as part of a personal project series by Chara Bui (she/her). This series contains a short film collection about mental health expe...
Back To Myself
Apr
2022
Back To Myself
A man opens up about his experience post-amputation and how he found ways to focus on supporting his mental health alongside his physical health. Content heads-up: Depression, discussion of a finger amputation
Like Minded
Apr
2022
Like Minded
Two friends Jeremiah and Aska empathize with each other over similar childhood traumas, and mental health struggles and bond through a shared appreciation for biking. The chaotic and blurry film aesthetic expresses their struggle within, while they f...
Where The Noise Ends
Apr
2022
Two people with very different mindsets set out on the same route. Content heads-up: Suicide Ideation, Interrupting suicide attempt
Pas De Deux
Apr
2022
Pas De Deux
A young woman comes to terms with her new disability. Content heads-up: Audio of a car crash and sirens Tips and Guide...
Tunnel Beach
Mar
2022
Tunnel Beach
Tunnel Beach is an attempt at expressing suicide and depression, both internally, and in relation to those we love. The film showcases the duality of how complicated asking for help can be, despite how powerful and necessary that vulnerabili...
Catching Breath
Apr
2022
Catching Breath
In the midst of a pandemic, individuals in Scotland take the plunge in cold water swimming, exploring how much it can help them manage depression and anxiety while supporting their physical health too. Content heads-up: mention of anxiety, pan...
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